Euro 2016: Portugal vs France Injury Report
There’s a massive soccer game, or football game (depending on which part of the world you live) that is taking place this Sunday. The UEFA European Championship game, also known as the Euros, kicks off between France and Portugal. France, the host nation, were one of the favourites to reach the final while Portugal had a bit of luck on their side. This big game will feature soccer megastars like Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the greatest soccer player in the world and France’s Paul Pogba, a youngster who is has a tendency to score in big games. As physiotherapists we work with athletes who are preparing for big games and today we look at two key injuries that may impact the game.
France: Olivier Giroud
The 29-year old striker has been a gift for the France National Team as he has scored three goals in four games during this Euro tournament but it has come at a cost. Giroud picked up a knee injury during the quarter-final against Iceland. Since then, Giroud has not trained with the team, however he is participating in light workouts behind closed doors. The media speculated that he would miss the Euro semi-final game against Germany, however Giroud played 78 minutes before being subbed off after France scored the second goal.
The French team has been incredibly quiet about the injury,however it appears to be a mild sprain of the knee. While he is expected to suit up against Portugal, he is not 100% and this injury could impact his performance. From a physiotherapy perspective, team doctors have likely been treating the knee with rest, ice, compression and elevation. The key to a mild knee sprain is to limit inflammation and restore function. Keep an eye on Giroud throughout the game because if the inflammation impacts his performance, look for the French national coach, Didier Deschamps, to substitute Giroud if he cannot perform at a high level.
Portugal’s star centre-back, Pepe, has an injury that is a bit more serious than the mild sprain that has been bothering Olivier Giroud. Pepe has been playing with an injured thigh muscle which kept him out of the Euro semi-final against Wales. He has not been training with the team and his status for the final game remains questionable.
From a physio perspective, team doctors have been working to reduce inflammation while strengthen the knee and leg. While team doctors have remained quiet, it appears as though he overstretched a muscle in his thigh which is an incredibly painful injury. Team doctors have been working to restore function by stabilizing the leg and reducing inflammation. Keep an eye on the Euro pre-match report which will determine if Pepe plays or remains on the sideline.
We truly hope that both of these players are able to play on Sunday and hopefully we get a great Euro 2016 finals. If you’re looking to find out more about sports injuries or would like to rehabilitate a sports injury, please visit a HealthMax Physiotherapy Clinic near you or call (416) 431-4000. Our trained healthcare professionals will develop a tailored treatment plan designed to get you back on the field as quickly as possible, making you better than ever!